Main St. project fulfills city’s motto
It's fitting that when the ribbon was cut this week during ceremonies signalling the end of work on the 18-month Main Street System Enhancement Project, the city flag was flying behind the principals involved.
On that flag, which was produced in 2006 by Lansing student Thomas Bender, includes the city seal, which contains Lansing's motto: The City with a Future.
The Main Street project has been in the works for nearly two decades, and although it required two construction seasons to be completed, its worth will be felt well into the future.
The state's secretary of transportation, Deb Miller, gazed into her crystal ball when she addressed the audience at the ribbon-cutting and said, "Citizens are going to be glad the project got done and got done the way it did."
In 20 years, transportation officials predict, Main Street's daily traffic load will double to nearly 40,000 vehicles per day. The enhancements to Main Street will help insure traffic will move smoothly and safely, even with the increased load.
Those responsible for the project, elected and appointed officials with the city and state, along with the many construction workers involved, should know their efforts are appreciated. Because of them Main Street will help Lansing live up to its motto.